I’m Coming Home
two person exhibition
works by Tara Penick and Ernesto Kunde
February 11 – March 12, 2016
Tara Penick’s work traverses ideas of nostalgia, fragility, vulnerability. Using primarily film photography, her self-reflective approach to her subjects—family, friends, gatherings, and their surroundings—is intuitive and vulnerable, and speaks to the ineffable feeling of loss that comes with each moment’s passing. “Nothing stays the same, places change, people die, the sun always sets, and time is fleeting,” says Penick. Her work exploits photography’s ability to record ephemeral, uncontrived moments.
Tara Penick was born in Plantation, FL and lives and works in Fort Lauderdale. She has a BA in photography from Florida International University (2012). She has exhibited at Young at Art Museum (Davie, FL), Boca Raton Museum of Art (FL), Art & Culture Center of Hollywood (FL), Beard & Weil Gallery (Norton, MA). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Girls’ Club (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Cuban American Phototheque Foundation (Miami).
For Ernesto Kunde, transforming the mangroves, wild birds, crackled Deco architecture and hints of the Cuban migration of Miami’s complex landscape into a physically viable format is a simple process. He displays a keen eye for interpreting his tropical surroundings maintaining a colloquial tone: the vital elements of Miami as a natural and urban biosphere are omnipresent for Kunde. Color gradients and differentials are just barely visible beneath intense layers of paint; the world may not be rendered in such stark appearances, but Kunde remains impressionable as each moment is firmly imprinted onto his mediums.
Ernesto Kunde was born in Paraíso do Sul, Brazil (1973). After a brief stint re-discovering his family roots in Germany (where he worked in agriculture in Mosbach), Kunde returned to Brazil in 1995 where he first began his artistic journey by experimenting with works on paper: drawings and controlled coffee stains. Since then, Kunde has narrowed his aesthetic focus into painting on a diverse range of surfaces such as found wood, stainless steel and canvas. Kunde has shown extensively throughout South Florida at venues such as Boca Raton Museum of Art, Cornell Museum (Delray Beach), Coral Gables Museum, Miami-Dade College Kendall Gallery, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Arthouse 429 (West Palm Beach) and Little Haiti Cultural Center. He has exhibited his work during Art Basel Miami since 2012, and at Wynwood Art Fair since 2013.